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The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch By Thomas Thwaites The Toaster Project Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch Where do our things really come from China is the most common answer but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know In The Toaster Project Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobil
  • Title: The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch
  • Author: Thomas Thwaites
  • ISBN: 9781568989976
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch By Thomas Thwaites Where do our things really come from China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers What is involved in extracting and processing materials To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, fWhere do our things really come from China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers What is involved in extracting and processing materials To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today a toaster The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites s journey from dismantling the cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth century treatise His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult, but not impossible It took nine months and cost 250 times than the toaster he bought at the store In the end, Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned The Toaster Project helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment If products were designed efficiently, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether Foreword by David Crowley, head of critical writing at the Royal College of Art and curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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    1. Anyone who loves to build things will enjoy this book Thomas Thwaites was a design student who decided to build a toaster from scratch, partly to see if it could be done but mostly to make a point about how reliant we are on cheap appliances that were manufactured on an industrial scale When was the last time you smelted ore First he bought a cheap toaster and disassembled it, noting with dismay that there were than 400 parts Then he traveled to various mines around the United Kingdom to get bi [...]


    2. Like Douglas Adams made speculative fiction absurd by brutally acknowledging that in all probability humans are not very important nor will be in the future, Thwaites intentionally imitating Adams has made science writing absurd in a similar way I mean, he doesn t start his book with the casual death of all human beings save one, like Adams did But he does begin by proposing a ridiculous project, proceeds to break all the rules he has set for himself, and finishes by acknowledging that he has ac [...]


    3. If you re wondering what the puddle of goo is lying on the floor beside me, it s what s left of my broken brain Yes, this book mushed my head up like it was making Kool Aid The high concept synopsis of this book is that the author wanted to build a toaster, from scratch You know, kind of inspired by a line in one of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker s novels where the inability to build a toaster from scratch while stranded on an alien, and primitive, world was meant to insult the intelligence of the str [...]


    4. A good little pop science book I ll be honest that I wanted something thorough, but, for what it was, it was pretty good I read it in one sitting.


    5. I have mixed feelings about this book The concept of a man making a toaster completely from scratch is definitely interesting, and the author is quite entertaining in his writing.However, as quick as a read as this book is, I can t help but say I felt 1 a little bored with it and 2 a little shortchanged The book begins like it is going to be a nice complete document thesis on his project He essentially dissects the cheapest toaster he can find in hopes of recreating it from scratch When I say fr [...]


    6. The Toaster Projectby Thomas ThwatiesFirst impressions aren t everything.The Toaster Project stitle, cover, and the toaster itself don t showcase the stories true potential.The Toaster Projectwas definitely than an attempt at making a homemade toaster I would call this adventurous nonfiction a success.The Toaster Projectis a wonderfully written story about Thomas Thwaites s journey about making a toaster from scratch The adventure takes place over a nine month period where Thomas follows a set [...]


    7. This book chronicles the Master s project of a British design student to make a toaster from scratch By from scratch he means that he wishes to take each component from its natural state to whatever form it needs to be in to be in a toaster He starts off well enough by disassembling a cheap toaster He then proceeds to jump in the deep end He warned off by many well intentioned experts but pursues his dream.The story lacks a coherent flow and isn t especially compelling We learn early on that eve [...]


    8. This is quite an entertaining short read, but I did expect a bit from it.What you get is mainly a story of exploration and adventure into sourcing the basic raw materials to build a toaster, told from a design student s perspective This means a lot of detail is missing or skipped, while at the same time the book contains lots of anecdotes, verbatim conversations, etc.I found it a bit disappointing that the author s aim was to reproduce a modern toaster from raw materials, which turned out to be [...]


    9. This is one of my colleagues favourite books and as it only has 525 ratings on , I though it d be a great start to the UnderHypedReads readathon This is an interesting non fiction tale about a Masters student who decides to make a toaster from scratch Part travel writing, part scientific study and part environmental essay, this book discussed important themes such as the environmental damage of our consumer culture and the effects of this on the price of goods Although I was expecting about the [...]


    10. The premise of this book is simple build a toaster from scratch and Twaites writing style is similarly straightforward But what Thwaites is up to here is deep, nothing less than undermining at one point, literally the foundations of the throw away culture upon which both late consumer capitalism and the ongoing rush to wreck the planet depend Thwaites tells the story in a matter of fact, at times deadpan, voice, punctuating the tale with fun facts, amusing email, and quick character sketches of [...]


    11. A short, snappy, and thought provoking read Fantastic concept and interesting execution I wish there had been text on the development of certain final materials and the assembly, but overall I laughed and smiled my way through the book.It is a college paper and reads as such Many of the thoughts do not feel fully formed, as I expect from this sort of document That being said, it is a launching pad for discussion and thought about a whole host of issues Highly recommended.


    12. I recognized this book from an NPR TED Radio Hour I enjoyed listening to his piece on the show, but the book is even better funny and periodically mind blowing Though I would have enjoyed information on some of the topics he delves into, this is a great primer on thinking about where the things we use come from and what their real cost is in terms of environmental impact.




    13. The Toaster Project , by Thomas Thwaites, is a non fiction story about the author, and his journey to learn about where our technology comes from When the book started, he had many questions about where technology comes from He asked, Where do the products that fill our lives come from Thomas had the standard answer, China, but he wanted to know about the full process behind how the products are made After deliberating the question, he decided to find the answer himself He figured the best way [...]


    14. This was a super quick and fun, interesting read about an art student who decided to make a toaster from scratch for a school project He ends up taking a lot of shortcuts because it s hard to do things from scratch The reason I only gave 3 stars was because a the author s sense of self deprecating humor got to me he was constantly making fun of himself and his mistakes, excessively so, and b it was very short, and merely a documentary of this guy s school project He takes quite a few things pret [...]


    15. This is hilarious The author, a design postgrad at the time of this project 2008 , attempted to build a toaster from scratch By that, he means originally from the point of digging out the raw materials from the earth, not from the point of creating, say, iron atoms, or creating the universe Everyone knows what an electric toaster is Perhaps you have one But do you know what it is made of Where do the parts come from What does it take to build it I got a bit nervous when I saw computer chips in t [...]


    16. Lots of lessons and some laugh out loud deadpan humor in this quick, interesting read Thwaites manages to narrate an art project that has clear meaning, while raising consciousness about themes and real world problems worthy of serious consideration There are some gaps and imbalances in the text how did he extrude the nickel into wires how does the handle work how the hell did he build it did it work when he had his master s degree presentation It s anti climactic to have him painstakingly descr [...]


    17. The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites is an interesting look at how and why and where the materials we use to make everyday items comes from I have found that tho this book has lots of pictures it is an udder drag to read But that being said because of the pictures it is easy to follow along and if they added only pictures and had captions next to it you would be able to follow along well I read quite a few books this Trimester somehow And this was either the 2 or 3 book I read and I thought th [...]


    18. This was a very interesting read and I m not really sure how I picked it up It puts a lot of things into perspective I had listened to a talk about how no human is capable of making a computer mouse and thought that is was a very interesting concept and this book just expands on that idea tenfold It is very easy to read and highly entertaining It reads very fast I found the subject matter really interesting and think that people who want something that will open up their perspective should read [...]


    19. I started this book for fun but at the end found myself doing a lot of thinking about it Great insight into to benefits of capitalism as well as the costs I am a free market advocate and always will remain so, but this book is worth the time regardless of one s point of view because it is fair Also, the author can be really funny at times A worthwhile read.


    20. I worried this would be a one joke book But it is a short loads of small jokes book Told by an entertaining character you half feel you are sharing a beer with.What are things worth How does the modern economy work All in a few hours entertaining read I ll never look at toast the same again.


    21. If you are interested in seeing if one man can in fact create a toaster from scratch by mining the raw materials and then transforming them into the metal and plastics that he needs then you should definitely read this book Thwaites is an amazing writer and he has some of the craziest ideas but he goes for them and try to make them happen and I just love that.


    22. The parts of this book that are great are great but there s not as much book as there should be given the topic Much here to explore and obviously cut short by external factors in a way that is unsatisfying.


    23. Delightful I laughed out loud several times while reading it and found the analysis at the end to be thought provoking I ve been reading various how to rebuild after the world ends sort of books novel research, naturally and unlike those droning tomes, this was immediately accessible.


    24. I absolutely loved this book, went looking for by the author and realised he is the person that lived as a goat for a whilew I have to read that


    25. It s an interesting project Makes me ponder what life would be like if civilization suddenly collapsed No new toasters Try building a lightbulb from scratch, or a flatscreen TV.




    26. At first glance this seems like a book about a rather silly idea The photo on the cover doesn t help it s a Frankenstein s monster of a toaster bad seams and lumpy contours you might not recognize it as a toaster if it weren t for the title The author, David Thwaites, is a design student and has the idea to build a toaster from scratch for his postgraduate project By scratch he intends to mine the minerals, make the plastic, and create all the other materials that make a toaster What the author [...]


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